|Left to my own devices I can find the coolest, darkest spot in the house.|
See how I'm all spread out? It's hot outside and we don't have A/C inside.
Shade - make sure your dog has shade whether outside or inside. If it's really hot (your dog can tell you by panting or wanting inside) let your dog stay inside.
Cars - Never, ever leave your dog in a car during warm or semi-warm weather. It heats up fast in there. Just don't do it!
Cooling Products - There are cooling pads, cooling vests and even crate coolers for dogs. Here are some on Amazon.com. I think I'd like a cooling pad if this weather doesn't let up!
Cool Snacks - Some dogs like ice or frozen treats to lick.
Kiddie Pool - Find a shady place in the back yard and fill up a kiddie pool with water.
Shady Walks - Confine your walks to shady parks. I start panting right away when we get out on concrete. You can also walk in the evening or early morning.
When I lived in Santa Fe we were only 15 miles from the mountain. We used to drive up the mountain and enjoy wading in the creek at one of the picnic stops. Sometimes we'd wade up the stream and I'd munch on the grass along the creek bank. I enjoyed that.
|I like wading... but not swimming!|
Here's what I'd really like to do during these hot days. I'd love to take off and go to the beach!
|Here I am at the beach in the cool mist!|
If your dog gets overheated you need to take it seriously. Here are symptoms and treatment of heat stroke.